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Team: North
Stephen Braunlich
Sunday, August 25
Bit o' Heaven
Glory of glories, hiking two days in a row! A first for the trip. I stand alone upon Storm Peak in Beaverhead National Forest. I am panting with the exertion of reaching the summit (elev. 9493) but wallow in the beauty of Godís creation. This site is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains in all directions, but I am on the tallest for several miles around. This is where I love to be, alone and in the heights, able to peer out, unobstructed, for miles. The rocky, sharp ridge of the Pioneer range and the stretching grasslands of the valleys inspire me. As the wind kicks up on the unprotected summit, it drowns out the laughter of wild dogs, most likely coyotes. However, now I must return to the group on the trail, to help shuttle ATVs to the trail.
Having given an accounting of my physical and spiritual high point for the day, let me fill you in on the rest of what passed. Going in we knew it was going to be a long and complicated day. It started with an early breakfast. After this the trekkers left Salmon Fly campground for an ATV ride, the conclusion of which would be close to the abandoned mining town of Glendale. Meanwhile, six of the support team left in the Pilots to meet them at the end of the ride. There we took over the ATVs and shuttled them through Glendale to the end of the trekkersí next stage, a bushwack.
From there the trekkers again mounted the ATVís and started the drive up to Storm Peak. Meanwhile, the six support team members hopped back into the Pilots and also started up the mountain. Having run over treacherous terrain, consisting primarily of steep, rocky trails, we were still one or two miles out from the summit, where the trekkers would leave the ATVs. So, from here we hiked. It felt great. I was so happy to be able to exercise the legs two days in a row. Although I was out of shape and sucking air, I could feel my body regenerating the old muscle mass it once knew.
On reaching the summit of the mountain, just above tree line, I wrote a quick note in my journal, and descended to the ATVs, and we shuttled them back to Salmon Fly.
The day was not yet done, though. Back in Salmon Fly, we broke camp and drove to the Birch Creek Educational Center, where we had an evening program, hot showers, and the opportunity to do some laundry.
Well, this is a summary of the day.
for Sunday, August 25
North South Both




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